Xi'an Drum Tower
The Drum Tower, accross Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, to the northwest of the Bell Tower, is a similar structure to the Bell Tower. It was erected in 1380, also during the Ming Dynasty. The Drum Tower got its name from the huge drum hung within it. The bell was struck at dawn and the drum was beaten at sunset to indicate the end of the day.
On the outside of the Drum Tower at ground level hang many large drums. Each one is decorated with beautiful Chinese writing, which invokes good fortune. The impressive arrays of drums are only on show, and visitors are not allowed to beat any of them. However, there is a drum near the front entrance where you can have a try or pose for a picture for a small fee.
Inside the Drum Tower is a drum museum, where a variety of drums are on display, some of which can be dated back a thousands years. A kind of drum show is performed here everyday. The top of the tower commands a panoramic view of the city.